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black letter

noun

Definition of black letter

  1. :  a heavy angular condensed typeface used especially by the earliest European printers and based on handwriting used chiefly in the 13th to 15th centuries; also :  this style of handwriting



Illustration of black letter

Circa 1644

First Known Use of black letter

circa 1644


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